Kaleiçi Antalya Hotels & Pensions

Kaleiçi (Old Antalya; map) is my favorite part of Antalya because of its Roman ruins and Ottoman mansions, picturesque narrow winding streets, yacht harbor ringed with restaurants, and quiet neighborhood lifestyle right at the heart of a sprawling big city.

Living in Kaleiçi for a few days is like stepping back a century in time to the age of the Ottoman Empire.

Konyaaltı Beach to the west of the city, can be reached easily by Nostaljik Tram, as can the Antalya MuseumLara Beach, to the east, is reachable by tram and taxi or minibus.

Most non-beach things to see and do, including strolling and shopping, cafe-sitting and nightclub dancing, are in or near Kaleiçi.

Kaleiçi is divided into several mahalles(neighborhood districts). The name of the mahalle (mah-HAH-leh) is given in every hotel address, so paying attention to the mahalle can help you to choose, locate and get to your hotel.

Selçuk Mahallesi

This is the western district bounded byRepublic Square (Cumhuriyet Meydanı, with the dramatic statue) and the Grooved Minaret (Yivli Minare) to the north and the Roman harbor (Yat Limanı) to the west. It’s the most convenient location to the city center, bazaar district, transport

Tuzcular Mahallesi

This is the district northeast of Selçuk Mahallesi and includes the landmark Kalekapısı and Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Camii(mosque). It’s also convenient to everything in the city center.

Barbaros Mahallesi

This district to the southeast of Selçuk Mahallesi and south of Tuzcular Mahallesi holds many of the cheaper boutique hotels and pensions. It’s closer to Karaalioğlu Park, and only a slightly longer walk from Kalekapısı.

My Favorite Boutique Hotel

Kaleiçi’s Best Boutique Hotels

Kaleiçi’s Budget Pensions

—by Tom Brosnahan

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